Florida State 66

(2-1, 1-1 away)

(14) Florida 74

(5-0, 4-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 25, 2005

    Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida

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    FSU 38 2866
    #14FLA 30 4474

    Top Performers

    Florida State: T. Galloway 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

    Florida: A. Horford 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Florida erases 17-point deficit, beats Florida State

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida was a different team from the free-throw line Friday night.

    Taurean Green scored 15 points, all from the line, and the 14th-ranked Gators overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Florida State 74-66.

    Al Horford added 14 points and nine rebounds for Florida, and Corey Brewer finished with 13 points, six rebounds and six assists.

    The Gators (5-0), coming off a surprising tournament title in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, entered the game shooting a paltry 57 percent from the line. But they were 33-of-45 (73 percent) against the Seminoles (2-1).

    Green was 15-of-16 from the line, including 14-of-14 in the second half.

    "He was playing under pressure and he kept his poise, especially from the free-throw line," Gators coach Billy Donovan said.

    Florida State's top two players, Al Thornton and Alexander Johnson, were in foul trouble much of the game, and Florida took advantage with them on the bench.

    "We had a lot of hard, checking fouls, reaching fouls, over-the-back fouls," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We were not very disciplined."

    The Gators trailed 40-32 early in the second half when Thornton picked up his fourth foul. With Florida State's leading scorer and most athletic player out of the game, the Gators evened the score at 47 with 12:42 to play and then pulled away with a late 12-0 run.

    "That was probably the best half of basketball we've played this year."

    Thornton, who was quicker, more aggressive and more physical than any of the Gators, scored eight points in the first 5 minutes of the game and carried the Seminoles (2-1) to a 10-0 lead. But he picked up his second foul and spent the rest of the half on the bench.

    He picked up two more fouls in the opening minutes of the second half. His fourth foul caused an emotional reaction from Hamilton. He ripped off his suit jacket, threw it to the floor and then kicked it under the bench.

    The Seminoles weren't the same without Thornton.

    "Once Al was out of the game, we had some young kids in there," Hamilton said. "We were trying to find ourselves, get our rotations down. We could never get into a rhythm. Next time, we'll hopefully be a little more sound."

    Making matters worse, Johnson joined Thornton on the bench about a minute later. Johnson picked up his fourth foul with 14:47 to play. The Gators put together their key run a short time later.

    Thornton, who entered the game averaging, 21.5 points and 10 rebounds, finished with nine points and four boards.

    Johnson, who came in averaging 14 points, fouled out with 4:46 remaining. He had three points and five rebounds.

    Florida State led 21-4 midway through the first half, but the Gators used two 3-pointers from Walter Hodge and an 11-0 spurt to get back in the game.

    "When we're not shooting well, we're going to have to step up our defense, and that's what we did," Horford said.

    The Gators shot 33 percent from the floor in the first half and 62.5 percent after the break, but won the game from the line.

    "We feel like we made too many mistakes and gave them too many fouls late in the game to win tonight," Thornton said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 74
    FG Made-Attempted 24-49 (.490) 18-40 (.450)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-22 (.545) 33-45 (.733)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 34 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 17 12

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